Saturday, June 25, 2016

Reformation and Romance: Luther and Katharina

Jody Hedlund has written this historical novel with great respect for the history of the protestant reformation.  As an American by birth, I struggle to imagine the anguish of being persecuted or executed for leaving a church or religious order.  The sacrifices made by so many who confronted corruption in their church, translated the Bible into common languages, and dared to trust individuals to pray and read Scripture for themselves made possible the freedom Americans still enjoy today.

Readers who enjoy "romance" that is not sappy, happy, and silly will enjoy this mix of history, romance, and action/adventure. I'm confident this book will be enjoyed by my church library patrons.

I received an Advance Review Copy from the publisher for my honest review.

Get your own copy on Amazon.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Series for Girls: Bible Belles


A girl named Rooney Cruz learns about virtues from great women of the Bible.  The first book features Esther, a woman who waited patiently for God's plan to unfold.  Kidnapped, chosen by the Persian king, and placed by God at a time when she could save her Jewish people from extinction, Esther is a wonderful model for girls today. 



In a world where college students are demanding "safe spaces", let's raise a generation of girls to become women of valor.  Teach them courage rather than fear and to wait for God rather than rush to whatever is popular.

Beautiful color illustrations accompany this story by Erin Weidemann.  Comment below before June 21 to enter a drawing for a free copy of Esther: The Belle of Patience.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Book Review: Mother & Son


Mothers know that sons are not daughters, but are often unsure how that plays out in day-to-day life.  Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, noted for marriage counseling, now offers mothers some practical help with raising sons in Mother & Son.

The differences between love and respect are sometimes subtle, but boys crave respect and seldom get it.  I would describe the respect they need as this: letting your son know you believe in the man he is becoming.  The author offers examples of what respect may look like for both young boys and young men.

Add this book to your home, pastoral, or church library.  If you leave a comment on the blog, I will enter your name in a drawing for a free copy of Mother & Son.  Drawing will take place June 6.



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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Costly Discipleship: A Review of Bearing Witness

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A Martyr's Mirror updated for the twenty-first century is now available from Plough Publishing House.  While the editors include martyrs and persecuted Christians all the way back to Stephen in the first century A.D., they also tell the stories of Christ's followers who suffered within our own lifetimes.  Around the world today there are those killed for their faith in and witness for Christ.
This book features Christians from the Anabaptist tradition and from other traditions who declined to defend themselves physically, choosing a path of nonresistance.  I would recommend it for pastors' libraries, Sunday School teachers, and Christian school libraries for use by older students.
Simply leave a comment below to be entered in a drawing for a free copy of this new book.  Drawing will take place on May 30, 1016.  If you cannot wait, you may purchase a copy by following this link.

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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Beverly Lewis Presents More Amish Fiction


Every person grieves differently.  In this story set in an Amish community, the various members of a large family misunderstand one another as each grieves something or someone different.  Lucy has a secret resentment she tries to hide by keeping busy with volunteer work.  While helping others with their troubles, Lucy's own troubled heart festers.

When Lucy's father convinces her to attend a grief support group with him--a group of English--will things get better or will Lucy be drawn back to the same problems that haunt her past? Can everyone in the family learn to love one another better and move forward?

I received a free copy of The Atonement from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.  Fans of Amish fiction will not be disappointed.  As usual, Beverly Lewis shows her understanding of Amish and Mennonite culture as well as her ability to craft a good story.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Promoting STEM Education in Developing Nations

I recently became acquainted with the Benignant STEM Innovation Foundation, which promotes education in math and science in order to open up opportunities for children, especially girls, in developing countries. Check out their website for information about their mission and educational initiatives that help poor students pursue a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

You may also want to read Escape Velocity, the story of a Nigerian girl's journey from poverty to founder and CEO of an aerospace company.  This is the vision of the Benignant STEM Innovation Foundation--to create success stories all over the world.